Members of the advisory board are:
Executive Director Schweizer Kaderorganisation (SKO)
Jürg Eggenberger studied Economics at the University of Zurich and completed a master's degree in services marketing and management as well as further education in organizational development. Since 2013, he is managing director of the Swiss cadre organization SKO (www.sko.ch) and board member of the sfb Bildungszentrum. Previously, he was Rector of Kalaido University of Applied Sciences and has held senior management functions and seats in boards of directors as well as in foundations in various industries. He is co-author of the practice-oriented textbook "Flexible Workforce - Fit for the Challenges of the Modern Work Environment?".
«Why do I participate in this project? Firstly, because the SKO supports goals, projects and measures to realize true equality of men and women. Secondly, because the proportion of women at management level in Switzerland stagnates – despite many initiatives. Switzerland has one of the lowest rate of women in management positions compared to EU countries. The quality of women's leadership cannot be the reason why women are not getting leadership positions. Research has long shown that mixed-gender teams increase the quality of decision-making and increase creativity and innovation, as well as better reflect market needs. For demographic reasons too, it makes sense to increase the proportion of women in the labor market. The promotion of women also affects men. They feel threatened as thought patterns are broken and behaviors are questioned. Their inclusion in funding programs is so far poor. They need to be able to understand what the added value of promoting women is for the company and, for those affected as victims, in order to be able to support measures. The project aims to cover this gap.»
Founder of Gender Diversity Consulting Do-it-smart and owner of the Teilzeit AG
Over 10 years of experience in the strategic anchoring and operational implementation of flex work and gender diversity in medium and large companies.
«With the campaign "Teilzeitmann" (part-time man), more than 100'000 men could acquire part-time positions. With this expertise, it was a must for me to support the initiators in this important project.»
Head of Diversity at Suva
Betina Balitzki is a passionate and highly experienced senior diversity expert with many years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Her different roles, e.g. as Operations Executive, HR Manager, Product Manager or Area Sales Manager, enable her to ask and answer strategic, intercultural and human questions extensively and with deep understanding.
Her background is in business and languages. She holds a Master's degree in Business from the University of The Hague. Various further training courses, e.g. as facilitator for change and innovation (IDEO) and Strategies for Female Leadership (IMD), as well as a degree as HBDI Coach II, help her in her daily interaction with people and in projects.
Due to her many years of responsibility as Head of Diversity from 2009 to 2015 at SWISSCOM AG, she was able to build up a large network in the Swiss economy, in politics and in education. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of SWONET, a sponsor of Generation CEO and supports various projects at universities on diversity and inclusion.
"People and opportunities is my passion in the sense of diversity and to enable maximum use of potential and innovation".
Her mother tongue is German. She has grown fond of English and Dutch, as well as her husband and children, with whom she lives in the centre of the Swiss capital of Berne.
Product Owner, Drupalista at Liip
Josef works as a consultant for the open source web technology Drupal as well as Scrum and other agile practices at the interface of different interdisciplinary teams.
"Equal opportunities and a diverse team are important to me. Over the last few years as a manager, I have come to appreciate working with a wide variety of people both locally and internationally. I am convinced that we and our clients can only benefit if leadership is balanced, irrespective of gender or age. Most interesting to me is the question to which extent self-organization and diversity are connected. I am looking forward to some exciting research results, as well as a lively exchange within the project."
Diversity expert, columnist, member of management board, lecturer as well as HR business partner AXA
Yvonne Seitz built up diversity management at AXA - the largest Swiss insurance company - and received various awards, including the Prix Balance and the Prix Egalité. Today, she passes on her knowledge at various universities and universities of applied sciences as well as in diversity coaching. In addition, she has been writing about the changes in the workplace as a columnist for 5 years. Yvonne Seitz is also a foundation council and board member. The focus of her work is always on demographic, social as well as technological change and the associated effects on human resources policy. Prior to this, the mother of two children worked for eight years as editor, presenter and producer at Swiss Television SRF and 3sat. The magazine "Women in Business" voted Yvonne Seitz one of the top 100 women in Switzerland in 2017.
"Why do I participate? For me, diversity has always meant bringing different perspectives together. This is because I am convinced that a diversity of perspectives leads to more innovation and better - because more comprehensively thought-out - solutions. Unfortunately, diversity too often is reduced to the topic of "promoting women". But diversity is much more than that: it is the inclusion of difference, whereby all sides can benefit from each other. In other words, if diversity works, then 1+1 = 3. So it is essential to also include the voice of men and to listen carefully what they have to say about diversity in terms of questions and ideas. Because the future will demand new paradigms from us...and for this we need the cooperation of women AND men".
Change Management- und Kommunikations-Expertin, HR Leiterin und Mitinhaberin eines Start-up Unternehmens
Diana Kugelmann hat Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Dualen Hochschule Baden-Württemberg sowie Soziologie an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München studiert. Als Beraterin, Change Managerin sowie in den letzten zehn Jahren als HR Leiterin und Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung in namenhaften Schweizer KMUs, begleitet sie Unternehmen in Veränderungs- und Transformationsprozessen in HR-Themen, im Change Management, der Kommunikation und im Culture Change. Darüber hinaus führt sie mit ihrem Mann ein innovatives Retail-Konzept in Zürich an der Europaallee.
«Warum mache ich mit? In meiner beruflichen Vergangenheit habe ich mich auch intensiver mit dem Thema «Zukunft der Arbeit» beschäftigt. Nicht nur aus demographischer Hinsicht und aufgrund des Fachkräftemangels sind wir immer mehr auf Frauen im Berufsleben angewiesen. Dass Frauen jedoch nach wie vor einen verhältnismässig geringen Anteil an Führungspositionen einnehmen, obwohl sie bereits mehr als die Hälfte aller Hochschulabsolventen ausmachen, ist für mich nicht nachvollziehbar. Gleichzeitig habe ich in meinem Berufsleben viele tolle Männer kennengelernt, die Frauen und Männer wirklich gleichbehandeln möchten und dies in ihren Augen auch tatsächlich bereits tun. Die Fakten zum Thema Gleichstellung sprechen aktuell jedoch noch eine andere Sprache. Wie kommen wir hier nun zu einer Lösung bzw. gesellschaftlichen Entwicklung, die sich offensichtlich die meisten wünschen? Diese Herausforderung wird nur gemeinsam, ohne permanente Schuldzuweisungen, sondern unter Einbezug aller Geschlechter, also auch der Männer, erfolgreich gemeistert werden können. Dass dieses Forschungsprojekt hier ansetzt, finde ich genau den richtigen Weg und ich bin sehr gespannt auf die Antworten.»